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The University of Missouri-Kansas City has begun transitioning from the Blackboard learning management system (LMS) to the Canvas LMS. A limited number of courses are included in Phase I of this transition, which spans spring and summer 2018. Faculty included in Phase I will provide recommendations on how to improve UMKC’s transition to Canvas.

Beginning fall 2018, UMKC enters Phase II of the transition. All courses will have a Canvas course site for fall. Faculty can migrate Blackboard course content to Canvas in preparation for the fall semester. Those faculty wishing to teach in Blackboard for fall 2018 are required to request a Blackboard course site. A request form will soon be available within the Blackboard Request System for this purpose.

Summer 2019 marks the final opportunity to transition to Canvas and the completion of Phase II. By fall 2019, all courses will be taught in Canvas and Blackboard will no longer be available.

Questions? See the FAQ and support information below or contact the Canvas Transition Team at online@umkc.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a new user get a Canvas account?

All UMKC faculty, staff, and students can access the Canvas LMS with their UMKC single sign-on (SSO). This video tutorial provides information on customizing your Canvas account.

How can I request a Canvas sandbox?

To request a sandbox, go to http://canvas.umkc.edu and log in. Click on Help in the left-hand side menu, then Canvas Request System. From there, click on New Sandbox / Template Site and fill out the form.

Can I teach in Canvas this summer?

The summer 2018 Canvas pilot is full. Beginning fall 2018, Canvas will be open to all instructors.

Can I teach in Blackboard or Canvas this fall?

All courses will have a Canvas course site for fall 2018. Faculty can migrate their Blackboard course content to Canvas in preparation for the fall semester. Those faculty wishing to teach in Blackboard for fall 2018 are required to request a Blackboard course site. You can request a Blackboard course site by logging into Blackboard and selecting the Request System tab at the top.

How do I migrate my Blackboard course to Canvas?

Faculty can follow these instructions for Migrating a Course from Blackboard to Canvas (PDF). Once the Blackboard course has been migrated, additional cleanup and editing will be needed before the course is ready to publish.

Is Faculty Certification available in Canvas?

Yes, the Faculty Certification in Online Teaching course is now taught in Canvas. Instructors can register for monthly online, self-paced, or boot camp options on the workshops page.

The Blackboard version of the faculty certification course is no longer available.

Is Canvas training available for faculty?

Yes, visit our workshops page to register for training or visit the Canvas Community.

How can I get help with Canvas?

For technical support, email ITS at its@umkc.edu. For instructional design help, contact UMKC Online at online@umkc.edu.

Support Contacts

24/7 LMS Support
☎ 816.235.6700
its@umkc.edu
ITS Website

UMKC IS Call Center
☎ 816.235.2000
callcenter@umkc.edu
IS Call Center Website

UMKC Online Instructional Design
Contact Form
online@umkc.edu

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UMKC Canvas Transition Timeline

Graphical timeline of canvas transition

Phase I

Courses can be converted but not taught in Canvas unless part of pilot. Moodle retires spring 2018; Blackboard remains available.

Phase II

Courses move to Canvas voluntarily (highly encouraged). Moodle is discontinued; Blackboard remains available.

Phase III

All courses must be taught in Canvas.

Blackboard is discontinued.